London: Eveleigh Nash, 1910. Octavo, 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 (210 x 137 mm),pp. i-xii, 382. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait and five plates; EXTRA ILLUSTRATED WITH 30 PLATES (mostly engraved, 10 colored), tissue guards. COSWAY-STLE BINDING by Bayntun of Bath (stamp-signed on front turn-in) contemporary full blue-green crushed levant, elaborately gilt, raised bands, spine compartments with scrolling tooling, rebacked with original spine laid down, with HAND-PAINTED PORTRAIT MINIATURE of BYRON on IVORY inset in the front cover; moiré silk endleaves and doublures with wide gilt frame formed by rules and corner tulip motif; all edges gilt; in green cloth slip case. A VERY PLEASING COPY, entirely clean and fresh internally.
Provenance: from the Collection of Victor Niederhoffer, and the famous New York bookseller Harry F. Marks as evidenced by label on inside back cover.
On p. xiii only 6 illusttrations are listed (frontispiecce, 88, 128, 174, 222, 302). This EXTRA ILLUSTRATED copy contains a total of 31 plates, dispersed throughout, of which 10 are colored, plus the minature on ivory of Lord Byron set in the binding.
This book follows Byron from his first real love, when, at the age of fifteen he fell in love with Mary Chaworth (plate p. 174), his distant cousin, for whom he wrote the poem 'To Emma', to his relationship with the Countess Guiccioli (plate p. 302), in Venice, just before his death on 19 April 1824. The plates depict views of important places in the life of Byron, famous historical (Napoleon, Queen Charolotte) and literary figures (Rousseau, Coleridge, Shelley), and several of his lovers.
COSWAY STYLE BINDINGS are traditional leather bindings with miniature paintings inset outside or inside the covers. These beautiful bindings are named after Richard Cosway, the acclaimed English miniaturist portrait painter from the Regency era.
Condition: Near fine.
Item number: 305